I'm just finishing up my first year of golf. I put in a lot of practice during the months of April - November. I even took a few lessons. I found my best rhythm in the late summer months where I was constantly flirting with scores near 100. I was feeling confident about ball contact and flight, and going into the winter months I felt hopeful that I would be able to maintain my level of progress and pick things back up in the spring (allowing for a short "tune-up" period).
Well, I've tried to take advantage as best I can of weather breaks, but I'm finding that I'm doing much much worse than I expected given the layoff.
Today for instance, the weather is low 40's with mild wind, so I hit the driving range during lunch... I hit the ball so poorly I wanted to chuck every single damn one of my clubs. If it wasn't a shank, it was chunked or topped. And pretty much every time I've gone to the driving range this winter, it seems as if I were no better than I was a year ago.
Now mind you, I've been doing as much as I can indoors... even hitting practice balls in my living room, but its not quite the same, as I need to restrict my swing so I don't hit the ceiling.
So why create a thread about this? Well, I'm hoping to hear from other golfers if they've experienced similar decay in their games during the winter layoff months, and how much effort or how long did it take before you were back to where you left off in the summer/fall... I'm particularly interested in hearing about your early years when you were a hi capper like me trying hard to improve, what it took to get back in the swing of things (no pun intended).
Thanks in advance for your input.